Police, PAWS Rescue Injured Cat Abandoned at I-95 Rest Stop


Police say a cat abandoned amid freezing temperatures at an Interstate 95 rest stop is in need of surgery and rehabilitation.

The cat that authorities have named “Highway” was found Jan. 24, 2022 after being abandoned amid freezing temperatures at an I-95 rest stop. Photo courtesy of New Canaan Police

Authorities from the Connecticut State Police and New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section on Jan. 24 responded to the rest stop after the cat was found in a travel carrier, according to a press release issued by New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro.

The cat, dubbed “Highway,” was taken to an animal hospital where a veterinarian determined that the animal had suffered two broken legs and trauma to its right eye, Ferraro said in the press release.

Animal Control contacted Norwalk-based PAWS—the Pet Animal Welfare Society—for medical assistance, and the nonprofit organization stepped in immediately.

“Despite the suspected abuse, ‘Highway’ remains a sweet and trusting animal,” Ferraro said in the press release. 

It wasn’t clear who alerted authorities to the presence of the cat, whether there’s an active criminal investigation into the abuse of the animal or a related matter, how New Canaan Police got involved or if there are any suspects.

Those interested in finding out more about how to help with the cat’s pending surgeries and rehabilitation should contact PAWS at 504 Main Street, Norwalk Ct. 06851 203-750-9572.

3 thoughts on “Police, PAWS Rescue Injured Cat Abandoned at I-95 Rest Stop

  1. Kudos to CT State Police, our Animal Control Officer and PAWS for rescuing and helping this poor cat. And thank you for reporting this story, Mike. Hopefully Highway will get a loving family that it deserves.

  2. I’m choosing to look at this as positive for Highway (that she is away from her abusers) and that she will soon be adopted into a loving home once she recovers from her injuries.

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